Wetland Ecology: Principles and Conservation

2010, Dr. Paul A. Keddy, Cambridge University Press

This book is an introduction to the ecology of wetlands, with a particular focus opon the environmental factors that create the different kinds of wetlands found on Earth, and upon the biological diversity within wetland ecosystems overall.

The first chapter gives a concise overview of wetland ecology, while the next chapters deal with the most important environmental factors that influence wetlands, including flooding, fertility, herbivory, as well as many human impacts.

The view is global in scope — from the Amazon River to the Tibetan plateau in the Himalayas — with examples from every major continent and wetland type to allow readers to understand how their region fits into global patterns.

Many illustrations and photographs show the biological diversity of wetlands: frogs, fish, flamingos, geese, dragonflies, diving beetles, turtles, alligators, carnivorous plants, orchids, and more have been added to this second edition.

A full chapter on research methods (Chapter 12) provides important guidance for the advanced student or professional planning their own research.

Wetland restoration and wetland services each have an entire chapter, with examples from Louisiana, Canada, England, Europe, and Asia.

The clear chapter and topic organization support a variety of lecture plans, course objectives, and teaching styles. A list of review questions for each chapter is provided on this web page.

The book is based upon the latest scientific research from over 1000 publications and reports, and supplemental material is avialable on this web site.

A Chinese edition is available from Higher Education Press in Beijing.


“Quite simply one of the best books about wetlands.” Jeanne Christie, Association of State Wetland Managers

“Every wetland ecologist must read this superb volume.” Mark Brinson, East Carolina University

“The closing chapter on wetland conservation is the best treatment yet available and should be required reading for all students of wetland ecology.” Mark Bertness, Brown University

‘… an excellent reference … this is a classical ecology text dedicated to wetlands, and it is written in a familiar, conversational manner. The text is clear and easy to follow with relatively little jargon, which allows the information to be accessible to non-ecologists, as well as the general public.’ Paul D. Brooks, University of Utah

“The book’s readability is smooth with lucid presentations of all topics, avoidance of unnecessary jargon, and the effiecient use of uncomplicated figures and tables to empahsize major points. I found it enjoyable to read and easy to comprehend.” Donald H. Les, University of Connecticut

Wetland Ecology

A guide to the scientific literature This is a concise guide to the science behind the book, an overview of the current scientific literature on wetlands, aimed at senior students and professionals, prepared for Oxford Bibliographies Online.